Srinagar: Candidates who were shortlisted for top posts at the JK Board Of School Education (BOSE) have expressed apprehensions of favouritism in the selection process, citing the search committee’s “unprofessional attitude and carelessness.”
“We were informed of an interaction with the search panel at SKICC on Sunday morning. However, as I was planning to reach the venue, I got another call informing me that the venue has been changed. I was asked to visit the office of Principal Secretary Home at the civil secretariat for the interaction. Perhaps, this was not the first time they were kidding with us,” an aspirant, who wished not to be named, told Kashmir Reader Tuesday.
Principal Secretary Home, Suresh Kumar heads the five-member search committee that was constituted October last to fill the vacancies. Secretary School Education Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary Higher Education Department Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department and former Board chairman Dr Sheikh Bashir Ahmed are other four members of the panel. The committee had to submit its recommendations to the government within one month. However, a year has passed but the panel is yet to submit its recommendations.
At the interaction room, the aspirant said, the panel head not only posed irrelevant questions to the candidates, but also prevented them from speaking. He said the interaction with the four aspirants from the Valley was carried out in an unprofessional manner and was wrapped in just 30 minutes by the bureaucrat.
“This interaction proved two things. One, the bureaucrat was not well trained to conduct such an exercise with the applicants holding decades of expertise in teaching. Secondly, it made clear that the interaction was just a formality,” he said.
Earlier, the applicants were asked to visit Jammu in March this year for the interaction. However, at the last moment, the aspirants were turned back by postponing the programme that was to take place at the circuit house.
“The government made a joke of all of us. I’ve decided not to apply or attend any such futile exercises in future. It has been a humiliating experience for the academicians,” he said, adding “Apparently, the officials have already chosen the blue eyed candidate. The ongoing exercise is just mere eyewash to hoodwink the people,”
Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akber Lone said that the aspirants should visit him with a representation if they have any grievance from the search panel.
“It’s in their (search panel’s) jurisdiction. However, if a representation is made, we’ll certainly look into the matter,” he added.